The Big Picture God Wants To Convey To Humankind

God has a clear message for humanity. It is important to understand your relationship with God. Learn and appreciate what God has planned for us. This clear perspective will help clear misconceptions ...

The Big Picture God wants to convey to Humankind [with audio]

To say the world is in a mess would be an understatement! Virtually everything is in a state of brokenness. Many leaders attempt solutions that fail! Nations and political parties within them are tearing each other apart. Confusion reigns! Countries built on the solid foundations of Christian ethics and justice have now lost all sense of morality, militating against the very principles that made them great.

 And who would have expected the sudden Covid pandemic, which left in its wake unprecedented shutdowns of economies with destructive impacts on the entire fabric of society in nations all around the globe? World leaders panicked as they moved into unchartered territory. The year 2020 and the first half of 2021 brought with it a severe strain on society. The poor in every nation bore the brunt to a greater extent. People were separated from each other and deprived of work opportunities; it became a time for deep and sincere introspection; a testing time even for faith; some may justifiably ask: What on earth is going on? What in the world is God doing?

It also seemed as though governments attempted to militate against the Church of God during this time. Casinos are open; abortion clinics can stay open, but worshipping God the Creator, the only One who knows what is going on, is strictly prohibited!

The Scriptures introduce a frightening thought: 

“The One enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs at them” (Ps. 2:4); and justifiably so, as recently outlined by the governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida: You cannot program God out of every conceivable institution and expect to prosper”. Pursuing this path of belligerency lacks wisdom!

The great King Solomon warns society, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Pro. 1:7). 

Solomon goes further to warnings in Proverbs Chapter 1 (NIV):

26 I, in turn, will laugh when disaster strikes you;

I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,

when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28Then they will call to me, but I will not answer;

they will look for me but will not find me,

29 since they hated knowledge

and did not choose to fear the Lord

The shocking reality is that most people do not realize they are only a hairsbreadth away from death! So where to from here?

God is clear when he speaks repetitively in scripture, ‘He that hath ears to hearlet him hear!’ (Matt.11:15)(KJV)

Humankind Once Walked With God

In the Bible, the great Prophet Moses had several personal encounters with God. Mostly, we think of his initial experience as the meeting with God at the burning bush in the desert (Ex. 3:1-10). Now know that God had called or set Moses apart from birth, delivering him from certain death by Pharaoh (Ex. 1:22) and ensuring a strange upbringing for Moses in the palace of the very man who had consigned him to death (Ex. 2:1-10). As the relationship between God and Moses developed, Moses asked to see God’s face (Ex. 33:18). God tells Moses that such a request cannot be granted as any person who looks into his face would certainly die. (Ex.33:20). In retrospect, we know from the book of Genesis that this once was possible. Humankind walked and talked with God in Eden (Gen. 2:16; 3:8). A relationship of love developed. In this inexplicable experience of intimacy, God would walk down to the Garden of Eden to spend time with Adam and Eve. 

Enoch was another such person whom the Bible tells us walked with God. Over time Enoch grew closer and closer to God until one day he got too close; God said to Enoch, you cannot go back now; you are staying right here with me. And Enoch was never seen again on earth (Gen. 5:19-24). His translation was somewhat analogous to the Prophet Elijah, a record of which we find in 2 Kings 2:11-12.

God Relentlessly Pursues Humankind

Ever since the fall, God has relentlessly pursued humankind. His longing to be with the people he created is reiterated throughout the Bible. This attribute of love is a function of God making man in his image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). It was his life that he breathed into humankind to make them living beings. Many of the things we think and do spontaneously are a function of God’s divine nature being made intrinsic in humanity. Notwithstanding, we are still human! We are not gods!

The divine fellowship or relationship in Eden, as we know, came to an abrupt end when the God-given gift of choice, or the decision-making ability, was exercised imprudently through deception by God’s archrival, Satan (Gen. 3). The consequence of human failure to observe or obey a single, basic instruction resulted in the fall of humankind from grace. This indiscretion caused a separation between God and humanity. Humans consequently tainted with sin lost that close and friendly relationship with their creator. A great divide or chasm now emerged. 

The Call For A Mediator To Bridge The Chasm

Job attempts to illustrate this dilemma to his friends (Job 9:32-33) and, of course, ultimately to the entire world. There is a chasm, says Job, where on the one side sits a holy God and on the other stands sin-stained, depraved and degenerate humankind. Job sees the big picture! He conveys an incredible thought. This problem is not solvable because a holy God and sinful humanity cannot come together under these diverse conditions. Humankind needs a mediator! To what is Job alluding? Job, dear friends, although he may not have realized it at the time, is calling for someone in the image or profile of Christ Jesus, who can satisfy the righteous requirements of a holy God and at the same time plead the cause of fallen humankind. 

God Prepares A Solution

This prophetic statement by Job becomes increasingly significant when we consider the story was played out after the flood (Job. 22:16) and probably before even Abraham, and of course Moses and the giving of the Law. The Apostle John indicates God had preordained someone to do what Job had conceptualized in his debate with his friends. To elucidate, God had already prepared his son Jesus since the creation of the world to be the ultimate lamb sacrificed for human sin (Rev. 13:8b), (Rom. 8:3), John the Baptist confirms this when he points to Jesus saying: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29).

Scripture in Perspective: God Breathes

The power of God is in the word of God!

The Apostle Paul impresses upon his protégé, Timothy, that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). Emphasizing scripture is alive! Can you see the connection? God breathed into man; he became a living person! God breathes into scripture; it comes alive! Now, the living scriptures play an incredible role as a life-transforming catalyst. 

The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews states: “In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Jesus), whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe”. (Heb. 1:1-2) (NIV) 

John gives further clarity in the prologue to his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him, all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made”. 

 Both writers impress upon us the deity of Jesus Christ and his role as creator, defining him as the perfect One who can reconcile humanity to God.    

Reflection

Consider some of these pertinent words God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah:

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found. Call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7)(KJV)

Through King Solomon:

Sometimes there is a way that seems to be right, but in the end, it is the way to death (Proverbs 16:25) (NRSV)

Through His Son Jesus Christ:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few”. (Matt. 7:13-14) (ESV)

“It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life”. (Jn. 6:63)(NRSV)

Isaiah’s appeals to every generation to abandon their wicked and ungodly ways and return to the mercy of a loving God go largely unheeded. It is not surprising to hear Solomon caution society to examine the path they choose; neither should it be surprising when Jesus contrasts the broad and narrow ways relating one to death and the other to life. The sad truth is that very few find the narrow gate or endure the difficult way that leads to life! Society is still hell-bent on chasing a better life in a depraved and degenerate world.

 Jesus taught that material goods, economic and political solutions are not the answer to present-day problems. The life-changing words he has spoken (Jn. 6:63) when applied to the human heart by God the Holy Spirit brings about the changes or results society is desperately seeking.

Finally, when Jesus speaks of “the Spirit that gives life”. (Jn. 6:63)(NRSV) he is alluding to an essential part of his plan for redemption, sanctification, and salvation which effectively is our return to God the Father Almighty through the power of God the Holy Spirit.

In the coming article:

I will introduce you to “Five Big Picture Concepts” that we should not be oblivious of when reading the Bible.

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